We found this fabulous creation on the Jarrod Tocci YouTube channel, whose host met up with Shane, the owner and seller of the Apocalypse Mobile, a 2021 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter camper van conversion. All it takes is one look, and you’ll discover it has a “zombie-killer vibe,” as Shane described.
The vehicle’s exterior boasts a rugged aesthetic with a black and gray wrap. Its construction is genuinely all-inclusive, as it’s complete with many pricey yet practical features. For instance, it has an agile off-road suspension connected to Black Rhyno wheels with upgraded tires. Furthermore, it has high-end Backwoods mods, roof racks, and a Fiamma awning. It’s equipped with premium elements you don’t often find on van conversions.
Toward the front, a massive bumper is perfect for “mowing down” zombies. It also features a 12,000 lb. (5,443 kg) winch, useful when tackling challenging off-road environments. There’s a huge rack and 600 W solar panels on the roof.
Before we get into it, I’d like to point out that the owner went the extra mile to ensure his van had a genuinely premium feel. For instance, he worked with professional woodworkers to create a custom look for the interior, and you can tell. So, let’s get into it.
As soon as you slide the door open, you’ll discover what I just mentioned, the beautiful wood finish. I especially dig the ceiling, which was built to complement the square-shaped LED lights. Shane used teak flooring for the entire van, except for the ceiling, which has Western Red Cedar wood. The square motif is also identifiable in other design elements, such as the cabinet handles. I love the modern and deluxe styling Shane created for the inside of the van.
The interior has a similar layout to what you usually see in camper vans, only the countertop doesn’t extend and take up part of the entrance. Instead, Shane opted for a fold-out table to leave ample open space behind the door.
The shower space is spacious enough to comfortably care for your daily hygiene needs. The sliding toilet setup is something we’ve seen on other campers, and it’s a great way to maximize the available space.
Opposite the shower area, you’ll find the kitchen – it doesn’t have that much counter space, but it should be enough for cooking meals for two people. Other features include a large sink, an electric stove, and a reverse osmosis water filter. The kitchen’s wall blends lime wash with teak tiles, which further builds on the van’s natural aesthetic and perfectly complements its color scheme.
Before we move on to the bedroom, let me tell you more about the van’s utilities. It features a heating system, and the controls for the electrical systems are neatly integrated into the wall next to the bench. The heater system automatically adjusts, depending on your altitude, up to 10,000 feet (3,048 meters). You’ll also find a 24 V colling system with 12,000 BTUs. What’s impressive is that Shane engineered the electrical system to run cooling for about 13-14 hours non-stop.
Opposite the electrical system are the water systems. They comprise a 35-gallon (32-liter) over-wheel tank, a 4.5-gallon (17-kg) hot water tank, and a filtration system.
A key detail about this van is that Shane properly insulated it – he used LizardSkin Ceramic Insulation, a premium choice for heat and sound insulation. Then, he filled everything that remained in the walls with Polyiso rigid foam instead of typical spray foam, which Shane doesn’t recommend for vans.
Shane and his team designed and built this van as a custom project. However, the client changed plans and decided to sell the van. It has around 11,000 miles (about 17,702 km) on the clock, is still under warranty, and is looking for a new owner. Although I can’t give you an exact price tag, it’ll surely be over $200,000 (almost €184,000). Given that it’s built on a 2021 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter and has a carefully thought-out design with many premium features, I’d say it’s a fair price.